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- Tri-ang, Spot-On, fiat Multipla restoration
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- Matchbox Lotus Europa born again
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- Aston Martin DB7 refurbishment
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- Removing Chrome from plastic parts
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- Replacing, Matchbox Superfast axles
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Essex Models and Miniatures archive
Corgi Toys were remown for TV show and Film vehicles releases and the James Bond “007′s”Lotus Esprit from the film, The Spy Who Loved Me is no exception, originally released in 1977 with the number 269.
The first issue had blacked out windows whereas the later version had louvres fitted to the windows.
The Lotus Esprit was a sports car produced between 1976 and 2004. Unveiled at the Turin Motor Show to rival Ferrari and Porsche. This Esprit comes with Q’s ‘usual refinements’ including ground to air missiles but also uniquely this time the ability to turn into a submarine
This is not a first issue but not the one with the windows louvres either, I also believe another issue was released in 1997 for the 20th anniversary of the film, The Spy Who Loved Me.
It features; White Body, Black Windows, Black Grill Fin Hood Trigger, Top Periscope Missile Trigger, Side and Back Fins, the fins extend by pushing the black grill on the bonnet and the missiles fire by pressing the Periscope on the roof.
The real film car is pictured below.
A recent custom re-paint of a tired looking Matchbox Lotus Europa.
See how it was done Click Here
The Lotus Europa was released around 1969 and was first available in the blue then later in the metallic pink, the blue one seems harder to get hold of so presume this is a rarer version or was a shorter production run, I know they were discontinued in 1978 and believe the pink one was available around 1972 so making the pink one a longer lived colour.
Both of these are recent upgrades and again replace some pretty sad examples the old one’s below came with many others when I bought a job lot.
The replacement cars as well as the one they are replacing are below, the blue one has lost a lot of paint and has a damaged passenger door and the pink one has been painted with what looks like Tippex or emulsion, these will end up on the renovation shelf as they are not good enough for re-sale.
The later one’s had wider Superfast wheels, both of my newer ones have thin wheels whilst the pink one with the white paint has the wider wheels, I’m not sure when this transition took place but will find out.
As far as I know there are no other variations but I have seen a blue one with factory fitted decals with a bonnet stripe and numbers on the sides.
Matchbox Lotus Europa
Colours, blue metallic / pink metallic
Year of release, 1969
Year of demise, 1978
Country of origin, UK
For information on my later Matchbox Lotus Europa Click Here
Added 22nd/May 2011
There was a black version released, for more information go to this fantastic site to see the pictures
Updated 15th July 2011
The picture below shows a code 3 version in gold done by me, see the ‘how to’ article showing the full rebuild
The real car
The Lotus Europa was a two door mid-engined GT coupé built by Lotus Cars from 1966 to 1975.
For more on the real car Click Here
This Matchbox release of the classic Lotus Europa was produced in 2009 and to date know of 5 colour variations, my one below is 2010 issue.
Matchbox had already produced the Lotus Europa back in 1969.
Matchbox 1972 Lotus Europa Special
Country of origin, Thailand
To see the versions of my early Lotus Europa’s Click Here
The real car
The Lotus Europa was a two door mid-engined GT coupé built by Lotus Cars from 1966 to 1975. In 2006 Lotus began production of a totally new, Lotus Elise-derived design, a mid-engined GT coupé named Europa S.
For more on the real car Click Here